The Nigerian Scam should, by now, be well known to pretty much anyone using the internet. In essence, the scam is used to convince victims that they need to lay out some money to facilitate the transfer of a great sum to them. The victim, in the meantime, has provided the scammers with all sorts of information that they can sell, even if the scam is unsuccessfull.
There’s really no way to beat the scam, except perhaps to waste their time and to provide completely bogus information (which is exactly what I am doing).
The scam is usually conducted by email, and I was a little curious when I found this comment in my blogs moderation queue (bloggers are supposed to be reasonably net savvy, and shouldn’t be easy marks for this scam…theoretically).
The original message:
FROM:BARRISTER JOHNSON CREEK
JOHNSON CREEK AND ASSOCIATES
JOHNSON CREEK & A. CHAMBERS.
22B PEDRO WAY GBAGADA CRESCENT,
LAGOS â€” NIGERIA.
I am Barrister Johnson Creek a solicitor at law. And I am the personal attorney to late Mr. Richard Dufour a national of your country, who used to work with Chevron Oil Company in Nigeria. Here in after shall be referred to as my client. On the 21st of April 1999,My client late Mr. Richard Dufour and his family was involved in plane crash in Lagos, 95 people were burnt to death unfortunately my client late Mr. Richard Dufour and his family lost their lives.
Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives this has also prove unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you, I am contacting you to assist in prepatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable to the bank where this huge deposit were lodged. Particularly,the finance company where the deceased had an account valued at about USD14.7 million dollars has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next few official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 3 years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of this account valued at USD14.7 million dollars can be paid to you, and then you and i can share the money.60% to me and 40% to you I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me and send to me your telephone and fax numbers to enable us discuss further about this transaction. Please if you are interested, kindly, send me your urgent response to my private e-mail:
Until then God bless You.
Barrister Johnson Creek.
I’ve played this game before, and my personal record is 15 exhanges of emails before the scammer(s) gave up trying to get my money (or coherent information for that matter).
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